Pat Combs

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Patrick Dennis Combs

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Pat Combs pitched in four seasons at the big league level, all with the Philadelphia Phillies.

In the 1988 Baseball World Cup, Combs went 3-0 with a 2.57 ERA, leading Team USA in wins. He was a 1st round pick in that year's draft by the Philadelphia Phillies and scout Don Williams. Combs had one "golden" season, that being his first pro year. In 1989, he reached every level from A ball to the big leagues. For the Clearwater Phillies, he went 2-1 with a 1.30 ERA in 6 games. For the Reading Phillies, he went 8-7 with a 3.38 ERA in 19 games. For the Scranton-Wilkes Barre Red Barons, he went 3-0 with a 0.37 ERA. With the Phillies, Combs went 4-0 with a 2.09 ERA in 6 games. The baseball world was abuzz because people thought he was going to be great. He was, in fact, the last Phillies player to make his big league debut the year after being drafted until Aaron Nola in 2015.

Pat was in the starting rotation with the Phillies in 1990, and his season was adequate. He went 10-10 with 4.07 ERA in 32 games with 86 walks and only 108 strikeouts in 183 1/3 innings. He never quite pulled out of that slump, as his next two seasons were even worse. In 1991, he pitched only 14 times, with a 4.90 ERA and 43 walks to 41 strikeouts. He had an ERA of 7.71 in four starts in his final season, walking 12 and striking out 11 as arm woes got the best of him.

Currently, Combs resides in Richmond, Texas. He has occasionally provided color commentary on college baseball games on ESPN and its affiliates.

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